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09:45 AM ET

Could NFL, General Electric partnership change the way concussions are detected and treated? Elizabeth Cohen explains

A new partnership announced today could be good news for preventing head injuries in the NFL.

The league is partnering with General Electric to develop new technologies to prevent and detect concussions.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on how this partnership could improve concussion treatment.

Filed under: Concussions • Medical advancements • NFL
December 7th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

Making the NFL Safer: Former NFL Linebacker Coy Wire weighs in on suggestion to eliminate kickoffs

In the new cover story for Time Magazine, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell opens up about some of the ways he hopes to reform the sport so it takes less of a toll on its athletes. One of the ideas on the table is doing away with kickoffs, which are seen by many to be one of the most dangerous elements of the game. Right now it's only a suggestion, but it has fans and professionals alike debating the idea and wondering what's in store for the future of football.

The league's already tinkered with kickoffs, moving them up five yards which has limited kick returns. By all accounts, those typically frantic plays present the most risk to players, and studies have shown a correlation to that change with fewer concussions.

Former NFL Linebacker and Sports Analyst Coy Wire supports the decision to eliminate kickoffs from football in order to make the game safer. He views the change as another stage in the evolution of the sport as players get stronger and faster. “It’s necessary to change when change is necessary. Not to change is disruptive,” he says. “The game from its beginnings has always been in a state of evolution to make it better.”

Filed under: Concussion • Concussions • NFL • Sports
May 8th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Fallout after ex-Saint told to 'play dumb' on bounty program – could the news affect concussion lawsuits?

A former player for the New Orleans Saints is speaking out, saying coaches told him to hide the team's bounty program.

Ex-defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove submitted a signed statement accusing coaches Joe Vitt and Greg Williams of telling him to "deny the existence of any bounty or bounty program to the NFL." He goes on to claim he was told to 'play dumb' if he were ever questioned. Hargrove says he did as he was instructed, denying knowledge of the program to an NFL security officer back in 2010. Vitt denies the accusations.

Larry Holder, co-host of "The Sports Hangover" on WIST radio and writer for, explains how the story could cause further fallout for the Saints, and how it will affect lawsuits filed by players against the NFL claiming the organization hid the dangers of concussions from them.

Filed under: Bounty • Concussions • NFL